Aquinnah: Jack’s Shack


I hope everyone had a good February break, whether you were away or home on staycation. My family and I were away in Puerto Rico, and of course we saw other people from the Vineyard there. Well, I did know they were going to be there, and I did text so that we could get together, but still. We also went to Jack’s Shack in Rincon, which is run by former Vineyarder Astrea Young and her family. It is a great little restaurant with outside tables, and the best fish tacos I’ve had in awhile. Astrea and her family are thriving in Puerto Rico, and quite happy there. I did question the life path I was on momentarily, looking at the brief glimpse I had of their sunny life, but in the end, I did decide to return home with my family.

Travel tip: If you are taking (or planning to take) the Peter Pan bus to Boston or some other location, be advised that if you purchase your ticket online, thereby committing to a certain date and time, they are not forgiving if your plans change. If you cannot make your original time, say because your flight was canceled, you must call them at least two hours before your bus time, or arrive in person an hour after, and then they will change your ticket. If you do not do that, you will need to buy a new ticket. This policy strikes me as rather punitive; why can’t you just pay a fee and switch it, or what if you are stuck on a plane and can’t call? Too bad is what the corporate office informed me (in a nutshell), it’s printed in their terms and conditions.

There will be a CPR training this Saturday at the Aquinnah Town Hall from 10 am to noon. There is a $15 fee, and you do need to preregister at The fee includes your CPR certification.

The following is a list of Aquinnah town offices that will appear on the annual 2019 town election ballot on May 15: Selectman, moderator, board of health member, constable, library trustee, and two planning board members. All the above positions are three-year terms. Nomination papers are available at the town clerk’s office, and are due to be submitted to the Aquinnah board of registrars on March 27 by 5 pm. Call Gabriella at the town clerk’s office if you have any questions at 508-645-2304.

At the library this week, regular programming is in effect. On Thursday, the meditation group meets from 2 to 3 pm, the drawing group meets at 2:30 pm, and Storytime is at 3:30 pm. On Saturday, kids’ crafts is from 11 am to 3 pm, and the craft this week is “weird collaged faces,” and Storytime is at 10:30 am. The coding club will meet at 3 pm on Tuesday, followed by the afterschool club from 4 to 5 pm.

Pathways will host “Women Live!” this Friday, March 8, their annual event in honor of International Women’s Day. This event will feature the work of Rachel Elion Baird, Niki Patton, Chrysal Parrot with Emmanuelle Woodford and Gray Parrot, Claire Page, Benita Griffin, Karam Belly Dance, and more. Performances start at 7 pm, and refreshments will be served. Every Saturday at 3 pm, Allison Cameron Parry leads an all-ages qi gong class at Pathways. There is a $15 suggested donation. Pathways is open from 11 am to 5 pm daily, except Wednesday and Sunday. On Tuesday, March 12, writers who have attended Lara O’Brien’s “Writing Workshop and Retreat” will share their work. Doors open at 6:30, and the readings start at 7 pm.

The Yard will host a performance titled “Voyeur” by Bridgman/Packer Dance at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center at the high school, this Saturday, March 9, at 7 pm. “Voyeur” incorporates Edward Hopper’s painting into a live and video performance. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, and military, children under 12 are $5.

It’s Daffodil Time, the M.V. Cancer Support Group’s annual spring fundraiser to benefit the group’s mission of providing financial support to year-round Island cancer patients in need. All profits from this event will be donated to the residents the group serves. Bunches of daffodils, at $10 each, will be available for purchase on Friday, March 15, from 11 am to 2 pm in the M.V. Hospital lobby, and on Saturday, March 16, from 9 am to 4 pm at Cronig’s Market in Vineyard Haven, Reliable Market, and Stop & Shop in Edgartown. And plan on dining out on Thursday, March 21, when the Ocean View will donate 10 percent of all dinner proceeds to the M.V. Cancer Support Group to benefit Daffodil Time. For additional information, please contact Sally Lodge at 617-947-1858.

It’s time for the Aquinnah March birthday extravaganza! Happy birthday to Tiffany Smalley, who celebrates on March 11, and to Lisa Vanderhoop and Ken Wentworth, who both celebrate on March 13. I know that’s only three, but a) that’s a lot for a small town, and b) there’s more next week.